Kia America Director of Corporate Communications James Bell says a lot of people with kids don’t always consider EVs. He says while manufacturers are transitioning more and more to EVs, a family EV should be on your test drive list. Bell: "I think the first thing is to recognize that we're in a transitional period. It's not too dissimilar from what happened between you know horse-drawn carriages and gasoline-powered cars. It didn't happen overnight but it happened and we're in that same phase right now. And for most American families an electric vehicle is going to be the best choice. Many people drive on average between 28 to 30 miles per day. A vehicle like this sitting next to me gives over 300 miles of range on a single charge. So I think that's the moment we need to think about. It may not be tomorrow that you have an electric car but it probably makes better sense to your family than you expect. And it's worth at least taking a look at and checking out some of the new options, they're really fantastic." Bell says most people drive 28 -30 miles a day and he explains what you should consider about an EV’s range. Bell: "Range is really tightly wound to the size of the battery. So when you put a larger battery on any vehicle of course it's going to give you more range of power, but the bigger the battery and the more battery you put it also adds the weight so then it decreases the efficiency. So we at Kia think we've found the right kind of balance there to have that 300 mile range, have a vehicle that's very athletic, very fun to drive and as we see in so many other things in life the technology is only going to get better. So again, 300 miles is a bit of the standard today which is more than efficient for most people's drive but that's only going to increase.”
In other news, Nissan will be using two battery electric vehicle, BEV, heavy-duty, Class A trucks to transport the 2023 Nissan Ariya to Los Angeles dealerships. It’s all part of Nissan’s goals of achieving carbon neutrality across its operations by 2050. For more information on these and other vehicles, check out CarPro.com. With Today’s Auto News, I’m Laura Reynolds.